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Ways To Upgrade Your Kitchen Without Remodeling

Your kitchen sees a lot of use, and it’s crucial to fix any wear and tear when it happens. Let’s look at some ways to upgrade your kitchen without remodeling.

Your kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where you spend the most time, right next to the bedroom and living room. Because your kitchen is a high-traffic area, it can start to show signs of wear and tear relatively quickly, including fading paint, fingerprint-smudged appliances, and floors that have seen better days. We all know that renovating every few months (or even years) isn’t practical, but your kitchen might need slight upgrades a lot more often than that. That’s why finding ways to update your kitchen in smaller, subtler ways is the key to keeping it pristine and beautiful. Let’s go over some ways to upgrade your kitchen without remodeling so that you can keep it in good condition without having to go through the hassle of knocking down walls and relocating appliances.

Give It a Fresh Coat of Paint

When it comes to making simple, inexpensive, and effective upgrades, paint is king. You can get a bucket of paint and the supplies you need to apply it at your local home improvement or hardware store for cheap. It’s the perfect solution for your kitchen’s fading walls and cabinetry. If you have hardwood, tile, concrete, or linoleum floors, you can even paint those! If you want to touch up your existing colors, ask the mixer to try to replicate them. You’ll want to have a swatch of the original color or pictures on your phone for this. Alternatively, you might want to consider a new palette. Kitchens tend to work better with muted, neutral colors, but there’s nothing wrong with integrating a splash of color into your design.

Give the Smaller Details Some Attention

If you want to upgrade your kitchen without making any significant changes, consider swapping out the smaller features, like the backsplash, shelving, or even your range hood. You can replace your backsplash with new tile or paint it with leftover paint. You can also paint shelving or cover it in decorative wallpaper. Adding corbels and brackets or rearranging its contents are other options for sprucing it up. Your kitchen hood could benefit from a makeover, too. Cover it with tile or wood, or make other minor alterations to its design.

Replace the Hardware

Changing the hardware on your cabinetry is another simple way to upgrade your kitchen without remodeling. It won’t cost you a fortune, and you can pick from a wide variety of materials and design styles. To make your kitchen look warm and inviting, opt for brass hardware with a sleek, modern shape. For a more traditional appearance, consider installing round, wooden hardware on your cabinets instead.

Add Under-Cabinet Lighting

If your kitchen doesn’t come with a lot of natural lighting, you might have trouble seeing what you’re doing late at night or during drab, cloudy days. An easy solution to this all-too-common problem is to install under-cabinet lighting. As the name suggests, these are lights that go under your cabinets and brighten your counter space. It’s a softer lighting option than overhead fixtures and can create a warm ambiance in your kitchen at night.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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